Antioxidants are the prime compound present in most of these days’ facial beauty products. The secret behind all those aged yet, glowing beauties are the abundant antioxidants under their skin. Antioxidants also exist in our own body naturally and help our body cells fight free radical damage. Moreover, they help our body compete against many chronic diseases too. Which means if antioxidants are not present in a proper amount in one’s body; the person might become prone to several heart diseases, or type 2 diabetes or even cancer. Some of you might have heard doctors recommending their wards to get FRAP tests done. FRAP stands for Ferric Reducing Ability of Plasma. And as per the facts, it is better to have higher levels of FRAP.
Antioxidants are mainly divided amongst two names, fat soluble and water soluble. We won’t go in much details of that here, but let’s focus on how can we become healthier by incorporating more antioxidants in diet.
First if all, it would be better to mention those foods which are the essential resources of these antioxidants. Namely, iodine, copper, zinc, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, and vitamin C as well. Which is why, it is usually said to have enough amount of fruits in one’s daily diet. As obviously fruits are a good source of all these vitamins and minerals.
Main benefits of Antioxidants
By far, you must have understood the basic necessity of antioxidants in diet. So, lets now put more focus on what all are the essential benefits that we get by these. Antioxidants break the free radicals present in our blood and hence prevent our organs from undergoing oxidative damage. And this in turn, helps to ignore fatal chronic diseases like cancer or diabetes.
Not only this, but antioxidants also help us keep the skin rejuvenated and fresh. Thus improving skin texture and resulting in brighter skin and shinier hair. Antioxidants also boost brain and lungs’ functioning.
But this doesn’t imply you can increase antioxidants presence in one’s body to any level. Indeed not, antioxidants hence must be incorporated in a certain amount in the diet plan. It has been observed and reported that excessive levels of vitamin A could cause some irregularities in pregnant ladies. Furthermore, vitamin E if consumed an inordinate amount can increase the fatality rate too!
Therefore it is always suggested to consult a doctor before undertaking any sort of medical supplements.
Foods rich in Antioxidants
There is no harm in taking the following mentioned food products in your daily diet. Moreover, it will eventually help you out; making you look younger and brighter.
- Green Tea
- Berries [ Strawberries/ Raspberries / Blueberries ]
- Green Veggies [Spinach / Kale]
- Red (or Purple) Cabbage
- Dark Chocolate
If you really take some of the above fruits or veggies as a regular habit in diet, then truly you won’t be needing any medical supplement for increasing antioxidants levels. But make sure to get a FRAP test done once in a year so that you can be sure of your vitamin levels.